2012 Kobalt Tools 400:
Last year Tony Stewart dominated the race but made a four tire stop late in the race when Carl Edwards took only two. Edwards went on to win the race.
Stewart and Edwards continued that battle throughout the season ending 2012 tied for the lead in points. However Las Vegas was Edwards' only win in 2011 so Tony Stewart won the title becasue of the tiebreaker.
Who will steak their claim to a strong 2012 season with an impressive Las Vegas run?
The Big Picture:
The Unofficial 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings:
In 2010 Jimmie Johnson won in Las Vegas on his way to his fifth consecutive Sprint Cup crown.
Last year Tony Stewart dominated all day before a four tire stop late in the race cost him the win when Carl Edwards only took two. However 2011 Las Vegas race winner Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart both went on to have impressive seasons. The two drivers ended the season tied for the lead in NASCAR Sprint Cup series points.
Who will flex their muscle this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway?
Radio: PRN and SIRIUS Satellite
Actual Race: 3:00PM Eastern
2011 Polesitter: Matt Kenseth
2011 Winner: Carl Edwards
Hometown boys Kyle and Kurt Busch expected great things but both came up short of their dream of winning on their home track. The Busch brothers came into the race as the point leaders but Kurt ended the day in second while Kyle had fallen completely out of the top ten.
In the end Carl Edwards' crew made a great two tire decision and got to the checkered flag first.
Kevin Harvick has never won a Sprint Cup race in Las Vegas but over the last four Las Vegas Motor Speedway events no one has scored more points than him. Harvick had a fast horse in Phoenix last week and might well have won that race if he had one more gallon of gas. Kevin Harvick knows how to get the job done and I think he will be factor this weekend in Las Vegas.
For my backup pick I am going off the charts to a driver that few are talking about as a serious LAs Vegas contender. I think Martin Truex Jr. is going to have a good weekend. He finished sixth here last year and has been haunting the lead pack so far this season. Truex is going to get his second NASCAR Sprint Cup career win this year and Las Vegas just might be the time.